June Activities include "Living Off the Land" lecture
Before grocery stores and shopping malls, people depended on the land to satisfy their daily needs. Connecting to nature remains an important part of American Indian history and culture, and the topic will be explored in-depth during the upcoming lecture, “The American Indian Way of Life: Living off the Land and Using Mother Nature’s Gifts to Survive,” noon-2 p.m., Saturday, June 21 at the Mid-America All-Indian Center. The program will be presented by Jason M. Felihkatubbe, grant writer and program development specialist for the Kaw Nation of Oklahoma. It is free and open to the public. The Indian Center is located at 650 N. Seneca.
Art is another important part of American Indian culture. Throughout the month of June, classes in traditional arts will be led by American Indian artists and elders. Classes, which are open to Indian Center members and the general public, take place at the Indian Center. To enroll, contact Education Coordinator Crystal Flannery-Bachicha by phone at (316) 350-3345 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Beginning Clay Class – June 14, 10 a.m.-noon.
- Local artist Sheila Bazil will lead students through the process of working with water-based clay to create a buffalo sculpture of their very own.
- The class is $10 for Indian Center members and $20 for general public.
- Beginning Shawl-Making Class – June 14, 1-3 p.m.
- Local artist and elder Sandra Hulsey will assist students as they create their own shawls or complete unfinished ones.
- Shawls are an essential element of dress for women who enter the powwow arena. They are a symbol of respect and tradition. Shawls are handmade with light fabric and adorned with fringe, fabric, paint or beading in a way that has meaning to the dancer. Some of the colors and patterns relate back to tribal traditions.
- The class is free for Indian Center members and $20 for general public.
- Beginning Finger Woven Belt Class – June 21, 10 a.m.-noon
- Local artist Betty McGarigle will explain the process creating a belt by finger weaving. Primarily used for belts and sashes, this technique has been passed down for centuries and is an important part of American Indian culture.
- The class is $10 for Indian Center members and $20 for the general public.